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Old 07-24-2012, 01:52 PM   #1
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I looked on this site but didn't really find a lot of "HOW TO" install 6x9 speakers in the doors of F150's. I know there is not a huge market for such a task but since I have a F150.. 6x9 speakers.. the material and knowledge on how to install them as well as a digital camera, I thought what the heck. So, I'll be taking plenty of pictures of what I am going to do. Anyone can do this type of install as it is not hard. However you will need a few tools and some patience. If you are not comfortable cutting on your doors, by all means, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS PROJECT! Pictures will soon follow.
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Just got finished with round 1. I cut out my templates. In order to do that, I had to fabricate a make shift template out of cardboard (not shown) because Polk Audio did not include a 6x9 template with these speakers. As you can see in this picture, I have two of my 6x9's, my cross-overs and a small 1/2" sheet of birch wood.



After I was finished measuring out (rough measurements) of where each 6x9 template was going to be cut from, I took my wood outside and started cutting out the centers of my templates where the 6x9's will mount up..



After cutting the hole out, I made sure the speaker would physically fit inside the newly cut out hole..



For piece of mind, I traced around the speaker basket..



Then I took a washer and again, I traced around the speaker basket. This time, I inserted a pencil in the middle of washer and that provided a small amount of extra surface area for the 6x9..





I squared off the speaker template by using a 90 degree angle ruler. I used a dremel wheel (because I couldn't find a bigger washer.. haha). I repeated the same process as the washer and make the edges of the template a tad bit bigger. This will help when you mount the template to the door for a little extra area for a bolt to go through..





After I made the necessary cuts, my template emerged. I simply sanded it down a bit and this is more or less the final product..




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It will work if you have enough room for the door panel to cover them
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It will work if you have enough room for the door panel to cover them
Exactly right. That's why I went with 1/2" wood. But yep, that does play a factor.. As for the adapters, I am about to waterproof them in some bed liner spray. I've had excellent results with this stuff.

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looks good so far man!
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looks good so far man!
Thanks.. Got everything spray coated (3 coats). It's drying now. It will be ready in the morning. So, I have to sit and wait until tomorrow. I'll start back on it after my morning coffee :-)

*** EDIT *** I brought my templates inside and laid them on tin foil. They are more or less dry but I am going to keep them on the foil until morning..


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I looked on this site but didn't really find a lot of "HOW TO" install 6x9 speakers in the doors of F150's. I know there is not a huge market for such a task but since I have a F150.. 6x9 speakers.. the material and knowledge on how to install them as well as a digital camera, I thought what the heck. So, I'll be taking plenty of pictures of what I am going to do. Anyone can do this type of install as it is not hard. However you will need a few tools and some patience. If you are not comfortable cutting on your doors, by all means, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS PROJECT! Pictures will soon follow.

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I've reached a stopping point for a bit but let me update the progress for those who are interested in this thread..

First picture is just a comparison of the Polk Audio MM691 6x9 vs Ford factory 5x7 speaker..





This is the speaker that I am replacing (Polk Audio dB571 5x7)..



Took the door panel off and explosed the bare metal area where the speaker mounts..



I traced my template outline on the door. I made sure it was even on all four sides of the speaker. After tracing the outline, I used a rotary tool with a cutting wheel and carefully cut out the new 6x9 hole..







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I made sure the speaker fit (of course it did). I drilled the mounting holes into the door with a drill and proper size drill bit. After that, I "test fit" the bracket to make sure all 4 mounting holes matched up to my template. When I was satisfied that it matched, touched up the bare metal with my bed liner spray. It was dry to the touch 15 minutes later. Then I decided to use two layers of fatmat sound deadening material over the speaker area..







More to come (taking a lunch break).. haha
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